Let's start with what interests the majority of people most when choosing a new place - the cost of living. We all know that Cali is not the cheapest place to live in, but it is the most coveted state. The overall cost of living index here is 156, which is amazing compared to the other areas and right there close to the state average.
If you are fishing for a new house, you should know that the median home cost is around $590,000 according to BestPlaces. If you choose to rent here, you will be looking at rental fees of about $1,670 for a 1-bedroom apartment per month. That doesn't sound bad at all, especially when we compare it to the surrounding cities. The cost of living is very attractive for such a safe and dreamy place - that's why people say it's the best-kept secret of the Bay Area.